Data centre services provider Equinix has opened its 50th International Business Exchange (IBX) data centre in Slough, UK. The expansion of the second phase of the company’s Platform Equinix offering, LD5 IBX adds 4,000 square metres of customer space and capacity for 1,400 cabinet equivalents.
LD5 IBX first opened in April 2010, and was built on the same site as Equinix’s existing LD4 IBX data centre. The two facilities are connected by 1,000+ dark fibre links. The expanded data centre is surrounded by high-security fences, and CCTV surveillance, and protected by ballistic glass, mantraps and bulletproof doors, and biometric entrance points.
The location of LD5 IBX was important because of its connectivity to direct transatlantic cables that offers London clients the “lowest possible latency” to North America, saving milliseconds in data exchange, says Equinix UK managing director Russell Poole.
“London is one of the largest and fastest growing data centre markets in the world, which is why LD5 is ideal in Slough,” Poole adds. “For Equinix, demand has been fuelled by the need for financial market participants to locate in close proximity to each other in order to improve the efficiency of their trading operations.”
The site is now home to Equinix’s financial services clients, including State Street Bank, trading companies Chi-X and Fixnetix, and financial news firm Bloomberg.